Trying to ID a song that I heard at the grocery store earlier today.
The song is almost certainly a mid- to late-1970s Philadelphia soul song (or heavily influenced by that sound). Every song this store plays is pretty much a Top 40 hit from the last 50 years or so, so it shouldn’t be an album track or something underground.
There’s a strong male tenor voice over a set of deeper-voiced male backing singers. Almost certainly no female voice on the track. It’s not “call and response” … the tenor is frequently singing right over the background singers.
It’s uptempo, but not as fast as most disco tracks. It’s slower than, say, “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor. It’s about the same tempo as “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love?” by The Spinners.
The store’s audio system is a little weak, and it was hard to make out lyrics. One part, maybe two minutes into the song, sounded a lot like the deeper-voiced backing singers singing “Love … you can’t just come in …” with the word “Love” drawn out a bit (maybe two whole notes?).
I Googled those lyrics a bunch of different ways and came up with nothing – so I know I don’t have those lyrics quite right, but the sung words sounded like the ones I typed. “Love” could maybe be “One” or something with that same vowel.
So far I’ve gone through the hit singles of The Spinners, The O’Jays, and Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. Coming up empty so far, though the song really sounds like The Spinners.style. As far as Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass’s voice is too deep to match what I heard in the store, but maybe another member took lead vox?